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Retirement and the Hidden EpidemicThe Complex Link Between Aging, Work Disengagement, and Substance Misuse  and What To Do About It$
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Peter A. Bamberger and Samuel B. Bacharach

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199374120

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199374120.001.0001

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Retirement and Alcohol

Retirement and Alcohol

The Magnitude of the Problem

(p.1) Chapter 1 Retirement and Alcohol
Retirement and the Hidden Epidemic

Peter A. Bamberger

Samuel B. Bacharach

Kathleen A. Briggs

Meira Ben-Gad

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents data from a variety of sources in order to better understand the pervasiveness of older adult substance misuse and its cost to the US economy. Additionally, it explains why, physiologically, substance misuse poses such a health risk to older adults. After reviewing the risk factor literature and identifying who may be more at risk for substance misuse when advancing in age, the chapter briefly discusses what it is about retirement as a period of transition that may link it to substance misuse and why employers should care about a potential link between aging, retirement, and substance misuse.

Keywords:   prevalence, costs, aging, physiology, retirement transition, health risk

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